Vibrant Walt Disney Studio Art-Props setup. Cel depicts Lady and Tramp standing on a street corner. The cel has been trimmed to the outline of both figures, as was customary when being prepared for presentation, and is set against a colorfully hand-painted 8 x 10.25 background. Cel is housed in its original cream 14.75 x 17.75 mat with the pencil caption “Walt Disney’s ‘Lady and the Tramp’” and the red “Original WDP” ink stamp; the mat is boldly signed in black artist’s pencil, “Walt Disney.” Professionally de-acidified and archivally framed (with an additional acid-free mat beneath the original, signed mat) to an overall size of 17.25 x 20. This would have been made prior to the release of the film and used for publicity purposes. In fine condition, with a few small ripples to Tramp’s neck resulting in some slight lifting of paint, and some scattered mild damp staining to mat, not affecting overall visual appeal. A splendid and seldom-seen signed example from Disney’s timeless love story. Pre-certified Phil Sears COA and RR Auction COA.
Monthly Archives: October 2014
Rare felt tip signature, “Jah Live Love, Bob Marley, Wailers,” on an off-white 9.5 x 10.75 card. In fine condition, with extremely mild surface creases. A superb uninscribed specimen of one of music’s most elusive signatures. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Chase National Bank check, 6.25 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Dean, “James Dean,” payable to himself, “James Dean,” for $45, March 22, 1954, and again endorsed on the reverse, “James Dean.” In fine condition, with expected bank stamps and cancellation holes (only affecting his signature in the payee field), and a stray mark at the bottom edge just touching the first letter of his signature. Within two weeks of writing this check, Dean would be cast as Cal Trask in the screen adaptation of Steinbeck’s East of Eden, departing from New York on April 8, 1954, bound for Hollywood to begin shooting. An excessively rare Dean item signed three times from the period he embarked on his short but bright cinematic career. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA
Incredibly desirable 1963 UK fourth pressing of their Please Please Me album signed and inscribed on the back cover in blue ballpoint, “To Steve, all the best and a Happy Birthday from the Beatles, George Harrison,” “John Lennon xx,” “Ringo Starr,” and “Paul McCartney.” In very good condition, with scattered light toning, soiling, and dampstaining to back cover, creasing to edges, and some light rippling, creasing, and edge wear to front cover. The record is included.
Signatures were obtained backstage at the Granada Cinema in London on June 1, 1963. Accompanied by a 2014 letter of provenance from the original recipient, which reads, in part: “I was given a signed copy of the Please Please Me album as a birthday present. My brother, Clive, met the Beatles on the Roy Oribison-Gerry and the Pacemakers tour of May 1963. When I asked my brother recently for his memories of his meeting with the Beatles he recalled the following: ‘I saw the Beatles at the Granada Tooting on the 1st June 1963…George and Paul were very chatty and George complained that he had ‘an orrible headache after that’…John and Ringo didn’t say much, just signed the album, which JL threw on the floor.’ George Harrison wrote the dedication…and all four signed their names. The album has been in my possession since 1963.” This particular day was an incredibly busy one for the band: besides two shows at the Granada that day, they also spent eight hours at the BBC Paris Studio in London, filming two episodes of Pop Goes the Beatles. Also on this day, their debut album, Please Please Me, secured its fourth straight week at the top of the British charts. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Dee Dee Ramone’s personally-owned and -worn jacket. Black jacket, made by La Rocka, features a zip-up front and is accented by turquoise suede on the pockets and shoulders. Ramone originally purchased the jacket in the late 1980s at the famous Trash and Vaudeville clothing shop at St. Marks Place in New York City, and can be seen wearing it on the front cover of his 1989 solo album Standing in the Spotlight. In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Dee Dee’s former wife Vera. Standing in the Spotlight marked a radical departure from the Ramones punk rock, spanning from rock and roll to old-school hip hop. RR Auction COA.
Limited edition 28 x 22 lithograph entitled ‘Honeymoon’ from Lennon’s Bag One Portfolio, numbered 215/300, signed in the lower right corner in pencil by Lennon. In fine condition, with a couple of minor edge dings. In 1969, as a wedding gift for Yoko, John drew the ‘Bag One Portfolio’—a chronicle of their wedding ceremony, honeymoon, and their plea for world peace in the Bed-In. The complete set of Bag One lithographs is on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. An attractive image and one of the more mellow pieces of the series. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Drummer for Led Zeppelin (1948–1980) widely considered to be one of the best drummers in rock history. Rare 16.5 x 11.5 Swan Song promotional photo of Bonham cruising down a road on one of his motorcycles, signed in the lower border in blue ballpoint. In fine condition, with a central vertical fold. Single-signed, uninscribed oversized images of the legendary drummer are few and far between. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.